On November 30, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill suspending the nation's responsibilities under the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) after unanimous passage by the State Duma and the Federation Council of Russia. Putin had threatened to withdraw from the arms treaty in October 2007 in response to the UN's plans to build a anti-missile defense shield in Central Europe, which he characterized as a US-led military "build up." The law legitimized an April 2007 presidential decree suspending Russia's participation in the CFE. Putin later relented, indicating willingness to resume participation if Western countries ratified a more restrictive version of the 1990 treaty.
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